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Musical Highlights

Holly Near

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Musical Highlights From the Play "Fire in the Rain" chronicles the Holly Near songs from her autobiographical play. As such, it is in effect a compilation of some of Near's best work, from standards like "I Can't Give You Anything But Love" and "If I Loved You" to feminist and lesbian anthems like "Started Out Fine" and "Simply Love," dating back 20 years and re-recorded. She is in wonderful voice and is accompanied by pianist John Bucchino and occasional strings. This is a good way to sample Near's warm, political, triumphant style.

Biography

Born: 06 June 1949 in Ukiah, CA

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Entering the field of topical songwriting after the activism of the 1960s, Holly Near promoted a variety of left-wing political causes with music that touched on folk, rock, and the musical theater, starting in the early 1970s. Beginning with her work against the Vietnam War, she turned to...
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